I've been holding off wearing my new HH SDs until I could find a day I could keep them on my feet all day without walking around too much. So, today, the 4th of July, was the day! Fireworks and celebration all around! The boots are breaking in nicely, but I can tell my feet are "breaking" in also to accommodate the boots. I'm a little sore at the end of the day, and the boots are definitely starting to form around my feet, so both of us have been bent out of shape by the day's experience. The nice part is that the boots fit snugly around my feet without being too tight, except where some curved parts of my feet need to reshape the boots to mold them to the protruding foot features. Another few days of wearing the boots should get them somewhat comfortable, but I know it will be months before i can say "they fit like an old pair of shoes." I was worried that my tracings, measurements and comments might not provide enough information for the shoe makers to figure out exactly what I needed. How greatly I underestimated those skilled craftsmen! Somehow, they got everything precisely right, including fashioning the build so the lace holes are still plenty far apart when the laces are pulled tightly to close the boots snugly around my feet. That has always been a problem for me, and the White's people (through Baker's) heard my concern and made the boots fit me properly. The arches hit my feet at exactly the right places and fully support them on the bottoms. Although the foot beds were initially somewhat irregular in their contours against the bottom of my foot, the moisture, heat and pressure of wearing the boots all day began to smooth out the beds and conform them to the soles of my feet. I thought I would have to spend far longer beginning the break-in of the boots and would need to change into a more comfortable pair of shoes after the first couple of hours, like the White's instructions told me, but I managed to make it through the entire day, instead. Whether I wear the boots again tomorrow is still an open question, although I think my feet will be feeling fine again by morning.
The horsehide is remarkably beautiful leather that is worth the extra cost. Everyone who has seen my boots comments on how gorgeous and well made they appear to be. Getting the HH is a decision I would never change. It looks perfect on the semi-dress boots, especially with the plain cap toes. These boots look very nice with slacks and a jacket -- and even a tie, when I'm forced to wear one. Of course, the boots look great with jeans or other casual long pants. I'll get some pictures up soon. Now I need to start putting together an order for a pair of White's Packers.
Edited by Okal - 7/4/13 at 10:40pm